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A severe weather watch has been issued for the Bay of Plenty for bursts of heavy rain this afternoon. The watch covers Rotorua and Taupo, down through to Taihape. People are being warned to drive to the conditions if they are caught in a heavy downpour...

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The investigation into causes behind the Rena striking Astrolabe Reef in 2011 finds fault with the bridge crew, their training and their management systems. The Transport Accident Investigation Commission report revealed the causes of the wreck of the...

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Will it be barbecue or brolly weather this Christmas? That's the question on everyone's lips, and the MetService is predicting not-so-seasonable conditions. “We've had a very changeable December so far with a cool start, followed...

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Nearly 7000 deep sea oil protesters are set to send Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges a stern message for all to see after crowdfunding a billboard to be put up in Mount Maunganui. Next week, the large billboard will be seen on Maunganui Road,...

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People are being advised to avoid travelling as severe weather lashes the Western Bay of Plenty. Police are responding to several weather related issues this afternoon, including car crashes and road washouts. The dark blue represents moderate to heavy...

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Zespri's record forecast for green and organic green kiwifruit is fantastic news and a well-deserved reward for hard working growers, says Te Puke organic grower Dennis Robinson. Today Zespri announced per-hectare returns for green growers of $52,987...

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Great Mercury Island is now considered catless and ratless - and DOC ranger Peter Cawson wants to keep it that way. Following a winter campaign, he wants boaties visiting the island over the summer months to be extra vigilant about taking additional passengers...

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The Tilby and Wairoa channels in Tauranga Harbour are being closed because they are too shallow for larger boats. The channel marker poles near Ferguson Park and along the west of Matua will be removed because the channels are no longer navigable, says...

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A developer has been fined $75,000 for sediment run off from the Tauriko Business Estate during heavy rain last December. Bryce Donne is the sole director of Comanche Holdings Ltd - the developer of a 30ha industrial site at Tauriko, and one of his trusts...

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Power is out across homes in Bethlehem, Gate Pa, and Tauriko as severe weather rips through the region. Powerco estimates contractors should have the power back on by around 9am this morning. Heavy rain overnight has caused power outages and surface flooding...

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